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Screening children for high cholesterol

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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The high rate of childhood obesity in the US has prompted some pediatricians to start screening kids for high cholesterol.

Cholesterol tests are not just for adults. Maddie Zacks is only 9 and she has already been tested twice because of a family history of heart disease.

Pediatricians like Dr. Jennifer Shu recommend the blood tests for certain youngsters ages 2 to 10. “The children who are most concerning are those who are already overweight or obese or if they have family history of early heart disease,” she said.

If a child’s cholesterol is high, what do you do about it?

Doctors point to lifestyle changes such as daily exercise and eating a healthy diet. As a last resort, a small percentage of children might be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering drug called A Statin.

“Putting a child, or even a teenager, on A Statin is a major step because that individual may require Statin therapy for the rest of their life,” said president of the American Heart Association, Tim Gardner, Md.

Something Maddie does not have to worry about after getting her results back. Her cholesterol level was a 148.

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The high rate of childhood obesity in the US has prompted some pediatricians to start screening kids for high cholesterol.

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2 NC students face sentencing in dead bear case

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — Two Western Carolina University students have pleaded guilty to charges related to dumping a dead bear with Barack Obama signs on its head on campus.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that brothers Marvin Caleb Williams and Mathew Colton Williams will be sentenced Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and wildlife violations.

Marvin Williams was 20 years when he was arrested and his brother was 18.

Maintenance workers found the 75-pound bear cub in front of the school’s administration building in October. Obama campaign yard signs were stapled together and placed over the bear’s head.

Western Carolina University authorities said at the time that the incident was a student prank, not a political statement.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Two Western Carolina University students have pleaded guilty to charges related to dumping a dead bear with Barack Obama signs on its head on campus.

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Theatrical Poertry and Art by Ryan Miller

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Multi-talented artist Ryan Miller performed some of his poems on the universal theme of heartbreak at Wilmington’s Brown Coat Pub & Theatre.

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Teen hospitalized after shot in neck in Wilmington

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A 17-year-old male was shot in the neck in the 500 block of Vallie Drive in Wilmington on Tuesday morning and taken to the hospital, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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New Hanover struggling with growing volume, costs of recycling

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Michael Leonard, standing by his car trunk full of aluminum cans and old newspapers just off busy North College Road, didn’t know what to do.Having lived in California for years, recycling has become second nature to him.

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